Innovation is the heart of Detroit.

Manufacturers, builders, and educators drive the future of our region -- and the entire world. Meet the Innovators right here in our region leading the way into the future.

Know an innovator? Use the form below to share their story. 

Midwest Steel

Midwest Steel, a full service contractor, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan serving North America, Mexico and Canada, with locations in Petersburg, Indiana, Cape Canaveral, Florida and Ontario, Canada.


At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.

BASF Corporation is the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemicals and related products in North America.

Northwood University

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at a full-service, residential campus located in mid-Michigan. Northwood is committed to preparing students for success in their careers and in their communities; promoting critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility. Learn more at

Tata Technologies

Tata Technologies makes product development dreams a reality by designing, engineering and validating the products of tomorrow for the world’s leading manufacturers.

With more than 9,000 professionals serving clients worldwide, Tata Technologies is the manufacturing industry’s premier partner for advanced engineering, research and development, product lifecycle management consultancy and software, and connected enterprise IT solutions. For more information, please visit


ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology as well as active and passive safety technology. The company has a global workforce of 146,000 with approximately 230 locations in some 40 countries. In 2017, ZF achieved sales of $41.7 billion and as such, is one of the largest automotive suppliers worldwide. Since 1979 ZF has brought that leadership to North America where it now employees 30,800 employees.

ZF enables vehicles to see, think and act. The company invests more than six percent of its sales in research and development annually – in particular for the development of efficient and electric drivelines and also in striving for a world without accidents. With its broad portfolio, ZF is advancing mobility and services for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology applications.

Meet the Innovators

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